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16 Best Pet Frogs for Beginners (With Pictures)

Nicole Cosgrove

Frogs are interesting animals in that they can be kept as pets, but they don’t interact with humans the same way that a dog, cat, or even a ferret might. Most like to stay to themselves, and many species don’t enjoy being handled at all. Some are poisonous, and others are just too big to take care of in a home environment. So, which are the best pet frogs for beginners? We have put together a list of relatively easy-to-care-for pet frogs that would be perfect for beginners. Read on to learn more!

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1. The African Bullfrog

African Bullfrog on the ground
Image Credit: Martin Hejzlar, Shutterstock

Also called the Pixie frog, the African Bullfrog is one of the largest and most popular pet frogs on the market. They can be up to 10 inches long and spend most of their time buried in the ground. If well taken care of, these frogs can live for 35 years. They tend to maintain laidback attitudes and don’t mind being held occasionally.


2. The White Lipped Frog

White lipped tree frog
Image Credit: Connie Kerr, Shutterstock

These little frogs grow to be only about 5 inches long, but their bright green body and beautiful white stripes make up for their small stature. They love to be active during the day and tend to spend their time climbing on tree limbs and other objects in their habitats.


3. The Burmese Chubby Frog

banded bullfrog on mossy tree branch
Image Credit: Lauren Suryanata, Shutterstock

As their name suggests, these frogs have a chubby appearance and big bulging eyes that seem to always be watching what’s going on around them. The Burmese Chubby frog doesn’t need much space to thrive — a 10-gallon aquarium would make the perfect habitat for them. They are easy to take care of too, which makes them a great pet option for first-time frog owners.


4. The White’s Tree Frog

White’s Tree Frog
Image Credit: Axe77, Pixabay

This cute frog features an interesting green-silver body and a cute little face that always seems to be smiling. They don’t typically grow larger than 5 inches in length, and they tend to be docile during the day, preferring to come out and get food at night. They are super easy to care for and don’t need much space, making them a great pet for kids.


5. The Bumblebee Dart Frog

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Image Credit: Henner Damke, Shutterstock

The Bumblebee Dart frog has amazing coloring of black and bright yellow splotches, making them a fun pet for kids of all ages to observe. They don’t like to be handled much, but their vibrance and perky personality make up for the lack of hands-on interaction. They prefer to live in temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees, so a heating lamp should be a part of their habitat setup.


6. The Waxy Monkey Frog

waxy monkey tree frog
Image Credit: Audrey Snider-Bell, Shutterstock

This is a South American species of frog that has a bright green body and inquisitive eyes. Sometimes referred to as leaf frogs, Waxy Monkey Frogs like humid settings that replicate the feel of the rainforests that they naturally live in. Like many other species, these frogs don’t enjoy being handled, so they are best suited as pets for people who prefer observing rather than interacting.


7. The African Dwarf Frog

African dwarf frogs are adorably awkward looking swimmers
African dwarf frog (Image Credit: Renee Grayson, Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0 Generic)

The African Dwarf frog spends all their time in the water unless they are forced on land to migrate. In nature, they enjoy living in streams and ponds with fish. In captivity, they do well in 5-gallon aquariums full of water and plants, as they will only come up to the surface for air. They can live peacefully with some fish too.


8. The Tomato Frog

Tomato Frog
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These brightly colored frogs look like cherry tomatoes and can grow to be anywhere from 2 to 4 inches long. When living in captivity, the Tomato frog likes to burrow and climb during the day. They can deal with occasional handling but prefer to be left alone. These frogs typically live for about 10 years if taken well care of.


9. The Green and Black Dart Frog

green and black poison dart frog
Image Credit: Peter Krejzl, Shutterstock

These cool little frogs look like they are fluorescent, with a black body that features bright green or blue markings. These bright colors glow to warn predators away. If predators get too close, the frog’s poison glands jump into action. Due to their poisonous characteristics, these frogs shouldn’t be handled by the inexperienced. However, their active nature makes them great observation pets for beginners!


10. The Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Red-Eyed Tree Frog
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The bright red eyes are what draws people to these adorable frogs. They have lime green bodies with blue markings and bright orange unwebbed feet. The Red-Eyed Tree frog can live with others of the same species if their habitat is large. Their habitat should include plenty of tree branches and leaves to climb on. They are a little harder to care for than most others on our list, but if care requirements are adhered to, even beginners can help these little froggies thrive.


11. The American Green Tree Frog

American green tree frog on green leaves
Image Credit: LorraineHudgins, Shutterstock

The American Green Tree Frog only grows to about 2 inches in length, so they need little space to explore. They only live to be between 2 and 6 years old, which makes them good pets for kids who might be going away to college or moving on to other interests in the coming years. They don’t require much attention to thrive, which makes them great pets for people who are always on the go.


12. The Gray Tree Frog

Gray Tree Frog
Image Credit: Dustytoes, Pixabay

This small frog seems to have a wartier body than the other frogs on our list, but they make up for their weird, muddy gray look with their active and curious personality. They are considered endangered, so it is important to purchase them from licensed breeders to help control their population in nature.

Related Read: Golden Tree Frog


13. The Amazon Milk Frog

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Image Credit: Kurit afshen, Shutterstock

The Amazon Milk Frog prefers to live in the rainforest, so their habitats in captivity should include plenty of humidity and lush foliage to explore. They have green bodies with unique shiny brown markings around their arms, on their faces, and on their backs. They can live with multiple other Amazon Milk frogs and live up to 10 years old.


14. The Budgett Frog

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These weird-looking frogs have huge eyes that stay above the waterline while hunting for food from below the surface. They also have large mouths that are about as wide as their little bodies. The Budgett frog is easy to take care of, but they don’t move much throughout the day, which makes them a little boring to observe.


15. The Oriental Fire Bellied Frog

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Image Credit: Lauren Suryanta, Shutterstock

This insect-eating frog has a bright orange or red underbelly and a bright green top with black splotches all over them. Originating from Asia, the Oriental Fire Bellied frog is most commonly bred and raised in captivity today. These little frogs can get aggressive when their habitat is disturbed, so care and patience should be practiced when handling them.


16. The Pacman Frog

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Image Credit: Dennis W Donohue, Shutterstock

Larger than the average frog, the Pacman comes in a variety of different colors and can grow to be at least 7 inches long. These frogs are naturally aggressive, and they can bite, so gloves should be worn by owners whenever they handle them or clean their habitats. If this rule is observed, even beginners can enjoy owning these frogs.

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Our Final Thoughts

Some of the frogs on our list are easier to take care of than others, but each one is suitable for the beginner pet frog owner. Frogs are good pets for those who don’t expect much hands-on interaction and for people who don’t have time to commit to a great deal of maintenance. No matter which type of frog you decide to invest in, you are sure to be rewarded with unique observation experiences. Do any of the frog species on our list interest you? If so, which ones? Let us know in the comments section below.


Featured Image: miniformat65, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.